Pretoria - Following their heavy defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night, Mamelodi Sundowns skipper Alje Schut says the Brazilians had an off day.
Sundowns suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Phunya Sele Sele in an exciting PSL encounter at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, thanks to goals from Lerato Lamola, Thapelo Morena, Musa Nyatama and a brace from Gabadinho Mhango.
The defending champions hopes of retaining their league crown are now all but over and the veteran Dutch defender blamed part of the loss on himself.
Schut, 34, hinted their main focus will now be to finish second at the end of the season as the Pretoria giants intend to qualify for the 2016 CAF Champions league.
“I can only say that we had a completely off day at the office tonight (Wednesday),” said Schut.
“From the first minute of the game until the last minute, nothing went our way.
“The good thing is that we tried, we tried very hard to get back into the game.
“But we kept making the same mistakes; even I was having an off day.
“I made so many mistakes and so many wrong passes.
“Nothing went our way but now we need to shift our focus.
“We have a week to prepare for the game next week and now our main aim is to reach second place because I believe that we have lost the first spot completely now.
“And second place means we are going to qualify for the Champions League next season.
“Now we have to go back and recharge our batteries for next week.
“And we are truly sorry to all our supporters.”
A loss for the reigning champions meant they are now trailing runaway log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs, by 13 points with only five games remaining.
Kaizer Chiefs will be crowned 2014/15 Absa Premiership champions if they beat Polokwane City in their next fixture on Wednesday.